Originally created 03/20/00

Sorenstam ends Webb's winning



PHOENIX -- Karrie Webb could have expected her streak to end with a loss to a Sorenstam, but not this Sorenstam.

Webb's bid to become the first golfer in 22 years to win four consecutive LPGA tournaments died in a sand trap on the 16th hole Sunday. Charlotta Sorenstam, younger sister of the more famous Annika, won the Standard Register Ping by two strokes for her first LPGA victory.

Sorenstam, who lives in nearby Scottsdale, shot a final round 4-under-par 68 for a 72-hole total of 12-under 276 on the five-month-old, sun-baked course at The Legacy Golf Resort.

Webb, who had won every tournament she entered this year, including the non-LPGA Australian Ladies Open to make her 4-for-4, finished at 10-under-par 278. Annika Sorenstam, who started the day tied for the lead with her sister and Webb, was a distant third at 7-under 279 after a final-round 73.

Webb needed to win two more in a row to tie the record of five straight set by Nancy Lopez in 1978.

"I'm disappointed a little bit about that, especially for the LPGA," Webb said, "but I'm not going to have near as much attention next week, so I might be able to concentrate a little more."

Charlotta, whose best finish in her three-plus LPGA seasons had been second, burst into tears after sinking a 15-foot birdie putt on the par-5, 469-yard 18th to clinch the victory. First, she hugged her father, Tom, then sobbed as she and Annika embraced for a long moment on the green.

"She played awesome," Annika said. "I'm so proud of her. She's always been in my shadow and now she broke through."

"She was solid as a rock today," Webb said of the winner. "I just hope she takes it easy on herself now. She knows she can do it."

Annika Sorenstam, who qualified for the LPGA Hall of Fame with her 19th victory last week in Tucson, stayed to watch her sister go for the victory, standing on the fringe just in front of their father, who just flew in from Sweden.

When Charlotta's putt went in, Annika threw her hands into the air. She waited, though, for her father to finish his hugs before getting her turn.

SENIOR LEGENDS:

If there is any better way to return to competitive golf, Andy North would love to hear about it.

Teaming with Jim Colbert, North turned his debut on the Senior PGA Tour into a resounding success, overcoming strong wind Sunday to close a wire-to-wire victory at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf in St. Augustine, Fla.

It was only North's fourth pro victory and his first since the 1985 U.S. Open.

But what a way to revive a career that had been on hold since he took a job as a TV analyst seven years ago.

"I wish I could have found a way to get more chances over my career," said North, who turned 50 last week and became eligible for the senior tour. "But maybe out here, I'll get more chances and see what I can do."

North and Colbert finished the two-man, best-ball tournament at 25-under-par 191, one stroke better than David Graham and Bruce Fleisher, who shot 63.